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Roy Keane was right about Liverpool but now it’s time to prove Man City boss Pep Guardiola wrong


The Merseyside derby wasn’t a great spectacle, but who were your standout performers in red?

I don’t think you can look past Alisson as our best player really – without him we’d have certainly left Goodison with nothing.

I think we almost take him for granted sometimes, with nothing to do all game he could have easily lost concentration, but he came up trumps for us in the final 10 minutes with some massive saves. He’s been the difference in so many games since joining.

Naby Keita looked sharp and lively and had some great link-up play. He seemed to be involved in every Liverpool attack and hopefully, he can kick on from this performance over the next few games.

Takumi Minamino did quite well in the first half, but does he need to be played centrally to showcase his full capabilities?

When he joined I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t know much about him and hadn’t seen him play much, apart from that unbelievable performance for Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield.

From what I’ve seen so far I’d imagine Minamino is most suited to a central position. He presses really well and often wins the ball back in the opposition’s half – our best chance in the game against Everton came from him cleverly dispossessing Andre Gomes.

I can’t see him dislodging Roberto Firmino any time soon, but he’s certainly a good back up and his versatility and ability to play as a second striker and on either wing will certainly be a big help to Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool picked up a couple of injuries in the game – are you concerned and does that increase your desire to see a signing this summer at all?

I’m not really concerned to be honest. We have good reinforcements throughout the squad and I think you just have to accept that we’re never going to be a financial powerhouse like Man City, who can afford to have seven superstars on the bench.

We have a good number of youngsters coming through and I’d like to see them be given a chance.

Rhian Brewster has done well while on loan at Swansea and there’s been hype around him for as long as I can remember, so it’ll be interesting to see how he kicks on next year.

Harvey Elliott looks like a real talent, as does Neco Williams and I think they’ll both have a part to play in the remainder of the season.

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If we are going to make a signing this summer, I wouldn’t be surprised if we bring in a left-back as an understudy to Andrew Robertson.

Yasser Larouci looks decent, but I’m not sure how I’d feel about him starting a string of games if Robertson were to pick up a serious injury.

Liverpool could yet have their league title confirmed without playing if Chelsea do the Reds a favour. Is that likely, and what are your thoughts on that scenario?

I think it certainly could happen. It would be quite fitting in a way wouldn’t it, as you know the Chelsea fans would feel sick at their minute involvement in us winning the league.

I’m not really fussed at the situation to be honest though. If things were different, and we had crowds at games then I’d love to see the Reds win it at Anfield, I think that would be a beautiful moment.

At 26, like a lot of Reds, I’ve never seen us win the league, so I think after 30 years of pain that Anfield crowd would be electric and the scenes would have been unbelievable.

But it’s not meant to be that way this year, which is a massive shame, but in a way I’m just glad the Premier League decided to carry on with the season so we get the chance to win it and not have it handed to us.

Roy Keane made his feelings about Liverpool clear after the match – is he right?

I think in a way, he is right in what he says. This team is fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but if Jurgen leaves in 2024 when his contract is up and we had only won the league once, would he be happy? Would we as fans be happy? Probably not…

We’ve had success in the past and really struggled to kick on from it. You get the sense that this group of players and this team is different though, and Jurgen wouldn’t let their hunger for success ease off.

Pep Guardiola says there could be a seven-team title race next season. Agree?

I’m not too sure on that… I think Pep is covering his back slightly there. For me, Liverpool and City are the two best teams in the league and I can’t see that changing any time soon.

City haven’t quite been on it this year, which is understandable given how long they’ve been at the top of their game.

They’ll be desperate to reclaim their crown next season so I’m expecting a completely different side with a different mentality when the 2020/21 campaign kicks off.

As for the rest, I just can’t see any of them challenging. Chelsea are probably the most likely if any and they seem to be investing well, having already made some strong signings.

But I don’t think their defence strong enough to challenge for the title. Every time I watch them they look like they could concede at any moment, and until that back four is improved I think it will stay a two-horse race.

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Any other business?

Nothing else to report, apart from the fact the Reds are 20 points clear at the top and about to be crowned Premier League champions for the first time in my lifetime. Enjoy your week Reds!

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